Anime Underground The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time  

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For this poll we're ranking the nerdiest anime characters of all time, but don't be surprised to see some entries that might be controversial. The words nerd or geek are kind of convoluted these days, but traditionally they describe someone who studies a lot, is intelligent, and maybe has some awkward tendencies. Some of the geeky anime characters on this list are nerdy because of their hobbies, like how Cowboy Bebop's Ed is a brilliant hacker that spends a lot of time online. Others like Light Yagami may be handsome or smooth with the ladies, but still get perfect grades in school and appear to be outwardly nerdy.

You can add any anime nerd characters to the list if they're not already here, so please contribute some of your favorites. Don't forget to check out the best anime characters with glasses too, where you'll probably see some of the same characters.
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1
491 107
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
L Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

2
287 88
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

3
349 153
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

4
266 101
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

5
227 82
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Levy McGarden

6
248 97
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

7
229 100
Near is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

8
251 116
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

9
267 110
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
213 115
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

11
171 66
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added Ken Kaneki

12
185 89
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Uryū Ishida Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

13
225 72
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

14
163 76
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

The Best R-Rated Anime Movies

15
173 72
Ed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

16
137 66
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

17
143 91
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

18
175 85
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

19
142 89
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Gohan (adult)

20
126 74
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Briefs Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

21
138 86
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

The Best Auto Transmission Brands

22
153 75
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sailor Mercury Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie, Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose

23
131 99
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Trunks Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

24
107 61
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Izzy Izumi Digimon Adventure

25
103 77
Miles
Miles "Tails" Prower Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

26
72 51
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

27
98 48
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinra Kishitani Durarara!!

28
110 85
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Tōshirō Hitsugaya Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time

29
45 54
Houka Inumuta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Gea Loro added Houka Inumuta Kill la Kill

30
54 51
Sora is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
-1457839622895 added Sora No Game No Life

31
104 114
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sakura Haruno Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

32
54 60
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lloyd Asplund Code Geass

33
62 69
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Eggman Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

34
34 35
Shion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
MKS22 added Shion No. 6

35
38 48
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kotomi Ichinose Clannad

18 Dirty Facts About Flying Airlines Don't Want You to Know

36
37 49
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negi Springfield Negima!?

37
23 11
Shizuku Mizutani is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6666 added Shizuku Mizutani Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

38
58 57
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurama Yu Yu Hakusho

39
51 71
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Videl (adult)

40
70 70
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
mohammadakhlaq added Ash Ketchum Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Pokémon 4Ever

41
62 64
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Hatori Sohma Fruits Basket

42
18 12
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
1516613443906 added Hōtarō Oreki Classic Literature Club

The Best Black Anime Characters of All Time

43
43 52
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lettuce Midorikawa Tokyo Mew Mew

44
36 45
Shion Karanomori is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shion Karanomori Psycho-Pass

45
13 12
Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya

46
17 38
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jessica Lyn added Shiroe

47
7 5
Yuki Nagato is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Josiah Joestar Doran added Yuki Nagato The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

48
7 8
Haruhi Suzumiya is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Josiah Joestar Doran added Haruhi Suzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

49
1 0
Yang Wen-li is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
RileyMcGee added Yang Wen-li Legend of the Galactic Heroes

50
1 0
Hirohara Tsukiko is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
mwahahahaha added Hirohara Tsukiko 3days ~Till Death Do Us Part~